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Sexual harassment trial reaches SD Supreme Court

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PIERRE (AP) — A case of alleged sexual harassment filed against the owner of an adult super store has reached the South Dakota Supreme Court.

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Justices heard oral arguments Tuesday on the case in Vermillion. Three women who worked for Annabelle's Adult Superstore in Sioux Falls and Olivia's Adult Super Store in Tea sued David Eliason and the stores in 2009.

A Minnehaha County circuit court ruled in favor of Eliason.

Two of the women claim Eliason raped them and another says he harassed her.

The women's attorney is asking the state's highest court to grant a retrial. The attorney says the jury was prejudiced against one of the women because she sought an abortion after the alleged rape.

Eliason's attorney says the case was tough, but the jury did its duty.

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